Tornado touches down in El Reno, suburb of Oklahoma City; 13 confirmed dead, 104 injuries
6:54 PM, May 31, 2013
7:57 PM, Jun 2, 2013
EL RENO, Okla. (AP) -- A series of violent tornadoes slashing through central Oklahoma Friday have claimed its at least 13 victims.
The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed 13 people have been confirmed dead in the storms.
The victims include four children and nine adults. Their names and where they died have not yet been released as they await notify family.
Officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed to NBC affiliate KFOR in Oklahoma City that a mother and child were killed near a vehicle in the El Reno area Friday night.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 115 injuries Saturday morning were treated.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the city's downtown, airport and several suburbs as the storm rolled through central Oklahoma.
Trooper Betsy Randolph said numerous vehicles were damaged in the storm and that many motorists are stranded. The Weather Channel's Mike Bettes was in El Reno tracking a tornado when he and the other two weather vehicles accompanying him found themselves in its path.
Bettes, who walked away with only scratches, told The Weather Channel his vehicle flipped six to eight times before setting back down "hard."
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Television cameras carrying the storm on statewide television showed debris in the air.
A storm last week killed 24 at Moore, on Oklahoma City's south side. Tornadic activity in the Moore and Norman area has also been reported.